A.J. de Haas
- Spectroscopic evidence for the formation of pentalene(+) in the dissociative ionization of naphthalene
- Chemical Communications
- Volume | Issue number
- 52 | 12
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
Although acetylene loss is well known to constitute the main breakdown pathway of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) species, the molecular structure of the dissociation products remains only poorly characterized. For instance, the structure of the C8H6 product ion formed upon acetylene loss from the smallest PAH naphthalene (C10H8) has not been experimentally established. Several C8H6+ isomers are conceivable, including phenylacetylene, benzocyclobutadiene, pentalene as well as a number of a-cyclic products. Here we present infrared (IR) spectroscopic evidence for the formation of the (anti-aromatic) pentalene structure using a combination of tandem mass spectrometry and IR laser spectroscopy. The formation of pentalene is suggestive of facile 6- to 5-membered ring conversion, which possibly has implications for the PAH/fullerene interrelationship in energetic settings such as the interstellar medium and combustion environments.
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